Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving at 305

I am smiling in this picture because I am impressed with my own cleverness at figuring out how to use the timer on the camera.

Got to admit, our Thanksgiving was pretty nice. Pootie was feeling better, so that helped. I missed the family, but it was peaceful and pleasant. Except for the alley band. They REALLY ought to replace their drummer. We were listening to some of our own tunes to drown them out a little, but then things went downhill when the drive holding all our iTunes music decided to die a fast, spectacular, blazing death. @#!@#!!!. Fortunately, we have most of it backed up onto another drive, but not all. I guess we'll be reloading some CDs. And I'd just finished my Christmas playlist for the party. Dammit!

For dinner, I roasted us a chicken, and warmed up the dressing I put aside from the batch I made and sent down to Holden Beach with Craig. I also made some bourbon gravy and a kale and mixed winter greens gratin. I was out of cranberries, and wasn't ABOUT to go forage for any, so I made a warm compote of Granny Smith apples and dried cranberries soaked in red wine. It was a perfect mini-Thanksgiving for us, and we had roasted chicken leftover for lunch today.

Today we ventured out to the grocery, which was as far out in public as we were willing to go with all the Black Friday Crazies out there. It was deserted, of course. And about that Great Pumpkin Shortage? There was PLENTY on the shelves as far as I could see. I'm beginning to think that was a media ploy of Libby's to get people to stockpile pumpkin. Hell, I have three cans, and I'm the only one in the entire family (both sides except my mom) who even likes it. I don't know what I was thinking.

The grocery trip today was about getting me all ready for the Cookie Baking Extravaganzaaaaaahhh tomorrow. Unfortunately, I forgot parchment paper. I may be scooting over to my mother-in-law's empty house four blocks away and stealing hers so I don't have to go to Target and brave the crowds. All those people. It's downright unnerving!

Kale Gratin

  • A big-ass bowl of washed kale and/or other winter greens (About a gallon, I'd say - it shrinks down to nothing.)

  • 1 Tbs. olive oil

  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped

  • 1/4 cup pancetta, sliced thin

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • kosher salt

  • pepper

  • 1/2 cup chicken stock

  • 2 Tbs. lowfat sour cream

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs

  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (Fresh grated is best)

  • pinch nutmeg

Heat a large (and I mean large, or the greens will just go everywhere) skillet over medium heat. Sautee the chopped onion and the pancetta and garlic in the olive oil until pancetta is crisp and onion is limp and slightly browned, about 5 - 7 minutes. Add a pinch of kosher salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Add the big-ass bowl of greens and stir with tongs to coat with oil and mix with the onion and pancetta and garlic. Add the chicken stock. Stir occasionally until the greens are cooked down and most of the liquid has evaporated. Stir in the sour cream. Place in a gratin pan or casserole and top with breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. Sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg. Bake at 350 for about half an hour, or until the bread crumbs are browned and crisp.

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